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Care And Support For Trauma

Given the ramifications attached to traumatisation, trauma therapy is an absolute necessityfor individuals who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse, or who have been subjected to any other form of traumatic experience. Our psychotherapists at Aspects Therapy provide Prolonged Exposure Therapy for trauma survivors. This form of therapy facilitates the emotional processing of trauma and offers solution-focused methods to help stabilise the traumatised individual.

Symptom reduction includes integrating effective coping skills to manage the anxiety and stress associated with trauma. For the purpose of emotional restructuring, we provide education around PTSD and help clients to safely revisit painful situations in order to transmutethe debilitating emotions attached to the trauma event.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is classified as a distressing experience that threatens a person’s life or wherein intentional harm is caused. Many are unfamiliar with the distinction between non-assault based trauma (accidents, natural disasters, medical emergencies and war) and interpersonal trauma (domestic violence, child abuse and physical or sexual assault) in terms of experience and subsequent effects.  Incidents are considered traumatic when the sufferer has no means of defense, such as in cases of prolonged abuse, neglect or violence.

Trauma is often the result of increased stress levels which exceed one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved. Whether directly experienced or witnessed, the event can induce continuous psychological and emotional dysfunction within the victim.

Without support PTSD increases the risk of suicide and self-harm

Fight Or Flight

The fight or flight response, which is a physiological reaction to a dangerous or life-threatening situation, is associated to sympathetic nervous system activation. The process occurs to provide the body with increased energy levels, in order to assist with defensive aggression or safety pursuit. If no fight or flight incurs in trauma, an alternative response is sometimes necessary for the person to remain psychologically and emotionally intact.




Assuming Personal Responsibility

Detachment From Trauma



Emotional Disturbance

Emotional Numbness

States Of Helplessness / Hopelessness







Increased Heart Rate


Muscular Pain Or Discomfort


Problematic Breathing

Neurological Dysfunction


Emotional Dissociation

Due to the shock factor, the psyche can compartmentalise the traumatic memory and place the associated emotions in quarantine. In such situations, a person may dissociate entirely from the situation in order to avoid the distress, fear, terror and pain attached. Neuroscientific studies conducted on the Dissociative Sub-type of PTSD showed that when sufferers were re-exposed to the trauma; emotional numbness and dissociative reactions were prevalent.

Aspects Therapy provide Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, Family Counselling, Counselling for Parents, and Coaching for Students.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

One of the most severe effects of trauma is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Understanding the dynamics of trauma and the debilitating symptoms attached to PTSD is paramount for trauma survivors. If untreated, PTSD can worsen and needlessly lead to a broad spectrum of additional problems. PTSD transpires where individuals have been personally subjected to, or have witnessed traumatic events such as; death, sexual abuse, lethal injury or threat to survival. People that encounter interpersonal trauma stand a higher chance of developing PTSD in comparison to non-assault based trauma.  The condition is determined by a prolonged period of symptoms long after the trauma has occurred.

Effects of PTSD

Mental health issues



Substance abuse

Chronic pain

Destructive coping mechanisms



Social phobia




Symptoms of PTSD

Flashbacks of Traumatic Encounter

Nightmares /Insomnia

Erratic Emotions

Extreme Anger

Avoidance of Significant Environments

Evasion of People Associated to Trauma

Panic attacks / Hyper-vigilance

Repressed Memories

Interpersonal Dysfunction


Effects Of PTSD

Because of the severity of the condition, until healing commences, symptoms can last indefinitely. Victims of childhood trauma for example (considered a pre-requisite for PTSD) can experience delayed effects over several decades.  Being a trigger-related condition, PTSD induces emotional and psychological stress when traumatic memories are triggered, which often impairs the person’s functionality as a result. The disorder produces similar reactions as general trauma but sufferers experience more complex or chronic responses in addition.

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